Glory

Glory

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Director: Edward Zwick

Cast: Edward Zwick, Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman

     
 

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Long before there was Saving Private Ryan, Edward Zwick's Civil War-era drama brought the brutal reality of combat to the movie screen. Long a favorite of movie and history buffs alike, Glory has now been given a class-A update on DVD from Columbia TriStar. Unlike their 1997 DVD edition, this two-disc set is packed with extra footage and information. TheSee more details below

Overview

Long before there was Saving Private Ryan, Edward Zwick's Civil War-era drama brought the brutal reality of combat to the movie screen. Long a favorite of movie and history buffs alike, Glory has now been given a class-A update on DVD from Columbia TriStar. Unlike their 1997 DVD edition, this two-disc set is packed with extra footage and information. The DVD is technically solid as well. Disc one features a widescreen 1.85:1 presentation that is as sharp a picture as viewers are going to get. Unfortunately, it isn't crystal clear -- the smoke that fills the screen during many of the battle scenes makes things hazy at times; however, the other scenes are pleasant to look at, with greens and blues standing out strikingly. The sound is letter-perfect; presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, it brings everything from the roar of battle to James Horner's lilting score vibrantly to life. The many extra features are also excellent. The first disc offers an informative commentary track from Zwick. Also featured is a picture-in-picture commentary: during certain scenes, a video box pops up with either Zwick or stars Matthew Broderick and Morgan Freeman giving their takes on what is happening onscreen. If the reflection in Broderick's glasses is any indication, he and his colleagues are also watching the scene as it plays. Disc two is loaded with bonuses, including the full-screen version of the film, three featurettes, and a pair of deleted scenes with optional commentary by Zwick. In addition, there are the usual talent files and theatrical trailers. This DVD edition of Glory is one that can truly call itself definitive.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This stirring, meticulously produced historical drama pays long-overdue tribute to the nation's first all-black infantry unit, organized to fight for the Union during the Civil War. It provides a great role for Matthew Broderick, who is letter-perfect as the idealistic but callow Colonel Shaw, charged with training an undisciplined group of former slaves that becomes the 54th Regiment of the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Morgan Freeman is equally impressive as an intelligent, dignified soldier who clashes regularly with cynical malcontent Denzel Washington, whose dynamic portrayal earned him a richly deserved Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. All the acting is great, for that matter, but ultimately Glory's effectiveness is determined by director Edward Zwick (Courage Under Fire), who expertly balances the need for verisimilitude with the demands of cinematic storytelling. He recreates the era, the events, and the attitudes with remarkable fidelity -- in part by relying on the real-life Shaw's diaries -- and stages his harrowing battle scenes with both panoramic sweep and surgical precision. Brimming with emotion and grandeur, Glory documents a long-forgotten aspect of Civil War history in an immensely satisfying manner. The two-disc DVD Special Edition has a rich selection of extras, including from commentary from Zwick, Freeman, and Broderick; a documentary, "The True Story of Glory Continues," narrated by Freeman; and an exclusive featurette entitled "Voices Of Glory."
All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Edward Zwick's account of the experience of a group of African-Americans who served in combat during the Civil War is a rousing display of pageantry. The film was based partly on the letters of Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick), the commander of the all-black 54th Regiment of the Massachussetts Volunteers, a unit formed to test the widely doubted ability of black troops to serve in combat. The film details the racist indignities to which the black soldiers were subjected, such as a lower rate of pay than white troops and delays in receiving provisions. The drama of the black regiment's training sequence, such as it is, revolves around the ability of Shaw to remedy these problems. Zwick has fabricated a group of four black characters to represent a cross section of the regiment, but, as in a WWI movie, their only purpose here is to bond and prepare to fight. As the film approaches its climax, with James Horner's theme becoming more throbbingly insistent, it's consumed almost entirely in the kind of pageantry that was John Ford's specialty. Just as this begins to become annoying, Zwick plunges one back into the horror of war in the attack on Fort Wagner. While one can quibble with aspects of the film, such as making a white officer the lead and narrator, the surfeit of TV-movie-like uplift, and the lack of substance in the parts of the black characters, all are outweighed by value of the film in more widely disseminating an invaluable piece of history. The project benefits from tremendous performances by Morgan Freeman as the unit's elder statesman, and Denzel Washington, who garnered an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
UPC:
0043396041837
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:02:00

Special Features

Disc One: Picture-in-picture video commentary featuring Ed Zwick, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick and director's audio commentary. Disc Two: Director's audio commentary; a documentary entitled "The True Story of Glory Continues," narrated by Morgan Freeman; an exclusive featurette entitled "Voices Of Glory;" deleted scenes; and talent files.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Col. Robert Gould Shaw
Denzel Washington Trip
Morgan Freeman John Rawlins
Cary Elwes Cabot Forbes
Cliff De Young Col. Montgomery
Andre Braugher Searles
Jihmi Kennedy Sharts
Jane Alexander Mrs. Shaw
John Finn Sgt. Mulcahy
Bob Gunton General Hunter
Alan North Gov. Andrew
Christian Baskous Pierce
RonReaco Lee Mute Drummer Boy
Jay O. Sanders Gen. Strong
Richard Riehle Quartermaster
Mark A. Levy Bigoted Soldier
Ray Godshall Dr. Thorpe
Donovan Leitch Morse
J.D. Cullum Russell
Michael Smith Guess "A" Company Soldier
Abdul Salaam El Razaac "A" Company Soldiers
Peter Michael Goetz Francis Shaw
Pete Munro Surgeon
Benji Wilhoite Young Soldier
Ethan Phillips Hospital Steward
Randell Haynes Paymaster
Afemo Omilami Tall Contraband
Keith Noble Short Contraband
Dan Biggers Minister
Marc Gowan Dr. Rogers
Bob Minor Contraband Soldier
Joan Riordan White Woman
Saundra Franks Black Woman
Mark A. Jones 54th Soldier
Mark Margolis 10th Conn. Soldier
Paul Desmond 10th Conn. Soldier
Richard Wright 10th Conn. Soldier
Raymond St. Jacques Frederick Douglass
Daniel Jenkins "A" Company Officer
Chad Dowdell Wounded Soldier (uncredited)
Lance Norris Man In Crowd (Boston)
Freddie Fields Actor

Technical Credits
Edward Zwick Director
Pieter Jan Brugge Co-producer
Philip C. Cory Special Effects
Freddie Fields Producer
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Norman Garwood Production Designer
Marshall Herskovitz Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Jarre Screenwriter
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Bob Minor Stunts
Keith Pain Art Director
Mario Roberts Stunts
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Gregg Rudloff Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Webster Art Director
Kevin Yagher Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Glory
1. Start [9:37]
2. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw [7:38]
3. Readville Camp [17:05]
4. Major Forbes Confronts Shaw [11:15]
5. Punishment For Deserting [13:07]
6. Sergeant Major Rawlins [18:58]
7. The First Battle [7:13]
8. "I Ain't Fightin' This War For You" [11:07]
9. "Give 'em Hell, 54th!" [6:40]
10. The Final Charge [19:22]
1. Start [3:51]
2. Antietam Creek [4:34]
3. Field Hospital [1:11]
4. The Shaw Party [5:01]
5. Recruits [2:36]
6. Readville Camp [4:36]
7. "Dear Mother" [7:59]
8. Issuing Arms [4:28]
9. "It Is My Job" [2:29]
10. Bayonet Practice [13:51]
11. 600 Shoes [2:28]
12. Payday [3:28]
13. The 54th [2:05]
14. New Sqt. Major [2:28]
15. Beaufort [3:35]
16. Darien [4:42]
17. "Dear Father" [2:34]
18. Thomas and Trip [5:37]
19. James Island [5:07]
20. A Promise [1:06]
21. News [3:52]
22. Requesting the Honor [8:13]
23. "We Are Ready" [2:27]
24. "Remember..." [3:55]
25. March To Glory [1:44]
26. "Charge!" [4:03]
27. Fort's Wall [4:15]
28. Lost Cause [2:50]
Disc #2 -- Glory
1. Start [3:51]
2. Antietam Creek [4:34]
3. Field Hospital [1:11]
4. The Shaw Party [5:01]
5. Recruits [2:36]
6. Readville Camp [4:36]
7. "Dear Mother" [7:59]
8. Issuing Arms [4:28]
9. "It Is My Job" [2:29]
10. Bayonet Practice [13:51]
11. 600 Shoes [2:28]
12. Payday [3:28]
13. The 54th [2:05]
14. New Sgt. Major [2:28]
15. Beaufort [3:35]
16. Darien [4:42]
17. "Dear Father" [2:34]
18. Thomas and Trip [5:37]
19. James Island [5:07]
20. A Promise [1:06]
21. News [3:52]
22. Requesting the Honor [8:13]
23. "We Are Ready" [2:27]
24. "Remember..." [3:55]
25. March To Glory [1:44]
26. "Charge!" [4:03]
27. Fort's Wall [4:15]
28. Lost Cause [2:50]

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